James Bond: Javier Bardem in talks to be 007’s next foe

Feb. 01, 2011 | 1:33 p.m.
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Javier Bardem (Matt Sayles / Associated Press)

At our sister blog Awards Tracker, Glenn Whipp has some insight into the search for Daniel Craig’s next nemesis…


Oscar winner Javier Bardem is notoriously difficult when it comes to getting him to commit to a film, but he says he has just been offered a part that will be hard to turn down.  Bardem recently met with director Sam Mendes to talk about playing the villain in the next James Bond film, temporarily titled “James Bond 23” and set for a Nov. 9, 2012, release.

The actor, who is Oscar-nominated for his lead work in the Spanish-language drama “Biutiful” and who won in 2008 for another villainous role in “No Country for Old Men,” hasn’t said yes to Mendes — yet. He wants to read the screenplay first. But, judging from the grin on his face when we spoke on Monday, he’s very open to the idea.

“I’m a huge fan of the James Bond saga,” Bardem says. “When I was little, I went watching Mr. Connery doing James Bond with my father.  Who in the world would think I’d be in one of those movies?”


— Glenn Whipp


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3 Responses to James Bond: Javier Bardem in talks to be 007’s next foe

  1. oddboyout says:

    He should be James Bond, not the foe. :)

  2. Reta Luisa says:

    Javier is the best actor around…he can play anyone and anything….from Before Night Falls, to the Sea Inside….I am amazed that he would NOT be the Oscar winner this year….most people know him from No Country For Old Men, however, he was great a long time ago…..just rent those movies and it is obvious that there is a genius in our midst…..

  3. Prissi says:

    I am a huge fan of Javier; however, I have also read reports that Michael Sheen is up for this part. I would love to see Michael in this movie. He is not as well known in this country, but, he acting ability is on another level.

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